European abortion ruling does not require legislating for the X case

The ABC v Ireland judgment does not require Ireland to legislate for abortion, writes Maria Cahill.

29th September, 2012
The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Anybody who claims, by reference to the decision in ABC v Ireland, that Ireland is now compelled to legislate for abortion, arrives at their conclusion without much assistance from the judgment. In fact, the European Court of Human Rights regularly uses 'mother' as a synonym for pregnant woman and 'her child' as a synonym for foetus. It rules that there is no right to an abortion under Article 8 of the European Convention and, affirming...

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